Though you wouldn't guess it from the prosaic title, 4 represents a quantum leap in sophistication for A.B. Quintanilla and company. The signature metallic thunk of their cumbias has given way to new stylistic fusions. "Contigo," framed by Spanish guitar and Latin percussion, exemplifies the new approach.
Yusuf Islam, better known by his former identity as singer/songwriter Cat Stevens, has re-recorded a version of "Peace Train," one of his best known songs. "'Peace Train' is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions and there is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again," the London-based Islam said in a statement.
Atlantic has slated a pair of simultaneous releases that will showcase performances by legendary U.K. hard rock act Led Zeppelin in its prime. The two-disc "Led Zeppelin DVD" and three-disc audio set "How the West Was Won" will be issued May 27, giving fans access to hours of both rare and well-known concert footage and recordings of the band. The releases, which span the group's entire career and are made up of entirely different material, will carry list prices of $29.98 for the DVD and $26.98 for the CD.
Hip-hop festival organizers met yesterday (March 6) with Atlanta city officials in another effort to get a permit for a three-day event in April at the Turner Field parking lots. The city turned down a bid Wednesday from music mogul Russell Simmons and his group, the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, saying the application had inconsistent crowd estimates and no proof of insurance. Nelly and Eminem are scheduled to perform; the latter is likely making one of only two live appearances this year.
Although Washington, D.C.-based underground rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan already announced it will split later this year, the group is planning an extensive farewell tour as well as an album of remixes created by fans.
Although he's still deciding which track will be the first single from Limp Bizkit's upcoming album, "Bipolar," group frontman Fred Durst is already working on other material. Earlier this week, Durst was joined in a New York studio by rapper Jay-Z, who laid down lyrics for a track Durst says he may name "Rebels."
Music legends Smokey Robinson and George Jones are among the nine individuals who have been awarded the 2002 National Medal of Arts. The country and R&B greats were honored yesterday (March 6) by President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at a Washington, D.C., ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House.